Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ghost hunting-memories

a while back, we all went down to san antonio for a little vacay. we were really into ghosts and ghost hunters, so we decided to take a ghost hunting tour. here are the photos from that awesome night!

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too bad we didn't get to stay there...

tingle wall
this wall was supposed to tingle with spirits... or something like that....

Sam in front of San Fernando Cathedral
we went to SA to celebrate sam's 21st birthday!

front entrance to the palace
the governor's palace....

plaq at the governer's palace

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with the governer
awwwh... we were all so YOUNG

counting down the minutes bw
about to celebrate sam's entrance into legalized drinking...

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(i'm pretty sure this was the irish car bomb... it was disgusting and $10)

Sam's first legal Drink tweaked
sam's first legal drink

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some dead dude

looking up high San Fernando Cathedral

JR the tour guide
our tour guide

San Fernando Cathedral plaq


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sam said her batteries kept dying.. it was probably the ghosts draining the energy from them....

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omg. electromagnetic reader thing.

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someone died up there

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ashley and rob are taking temperature readings ...

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this tree was said to have held the bodies of hundreds of people who were hung for whatever reason... robert went over to the tree with his recorder and asked if anyone wanted to talk to him. he freaked sam out a little..

ahahaha. too funny. i miss our carefree younger days. this trip was so much fun! i think we all need to plan another one to another 'haunted' town... like jefferson, texas.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

car twins-old memories.....

not so long ago (but really a long time ago) samantha and i had the same cars! we got them within a week of each other.. we had this silly little photoshoot to show them off on myspace ahahaha. we both got our favorite colors... i was so excited to have a trunk for once! (my previous two vehicles had been trucks) i just found the photos on my flickr and thought it would be fun to share a few... i still have my trusty old cobalt, going on 4 years now (omygosh!) but sam has since upgraded.

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oh, we should have another fun silly photo shoot for no reason. ♥

Monday, August 29, 2011

canoe time

dave has a new job. he works at a canoe, paddle board and kayak rental place. so far, he totally digs it! sunday, he asked me and muttley to join him for a quick canoe ride. i drove the few miles to his new job with muttley hanging his goofy head out of the window... once we arrived, dave, muttley and i headed to fuzzy's tacos for a quick bite. YUM. once our tacos were gobbled down and our bellies were full, we embarked on our short canoe journey. i set my iPhone timer for 25 minutes and dave launched our canoe. (with a timid muttley aboard). we had a great little twenty minute boat adventure. we even saw a beautiful crane take off. muttley kept rocking the boat and i kept getting scared dave was steering us straight for the trees! i can't wait to go out with my captain again. 


























roller derby according to cracked.com


i read this last week and could not help but share. it's all so very true. 

Roller Derby
Some say it reemerged out of necessity. Some say it’s the only remaining sport that hasn’t been infiltrated by The Man. Some say it’s nothing more than fat-girl NASCAR. No matter the theory you subscribe to, roller derby is the shit.

THE HISTORY
Originally a term used to describe a relay race in 1922, the closest true beginning to the modern sport called roller derby took place in 1935 when Chicago promoter Leo Seltzer came up with an idea to compete with the popularity of dance marathons. Teams of two (one male skater and one female skater) raced to complete 57,000 laps, albeit the only dance they were doing during those 57,000 laps was the pee-pee dance. Tired and losing gross motor control toward the end of a competition, teams often accidentally collided into each other, which gave Leo Seltzer new ideas about how to make roller derby even more exciting: score points and knock down your opponent. It was brilliant! After all, what red-blooded American doesn’t like betting on point spreads or watching people fall on their ass? This was the dawn of roller derby as an all-American sport!
More popular than Jesus, roller derby has died and been resurrected several times throughout history. After the roller derby credibility decline of the late 1970s and early 1980s (aka, derby as a WWF-style soap opera instead of a sport), the sport died its most recent death, and many thought it had forever fallen into the abyss. That was until a group of ladies resurrected the sport in 2001. This was the dawn of a new age in roller derby.

MODERN ROLLER DERBY
Roller derby has been purported to be the hottest thing on eight wheels since you and your prepubescent friend felt that first tingle in your pinky privates and rode your Big Wheels® to follow a pretty girl on a bike. Yet, modern-day roller derby values integrity (R-E-S-P-E-C-T!), self-sufficiency (hands off, asshole!), community (I know you didn’t just say that to my girl!), athleticism (I’ll snap you in two!), and control (we’re not gonna let you fuck this up!), which echoes the motto of the Women’s Flat track Derby Association (WFTDA), “Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.”, and their conditions of membership, which in part include the requirement that all member leagues be majority skater owned (screw The Man!).
Who’s a roller girl? Stop where you are at any point in your day and look around (okay, unless you’re a monk in a monistary - then you probably won’t see any roller girls, which sucks for you). Roller girls come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and professions. From lawyers to students to professionals and entrepreneurs, a roller girl can be anyone. My favorite roller girl is your mom (cause, yeah, moms participate too). There are over 400 roller derby leagues worldwide, on all major continents (including 78 WFTDA leagues, 6 OSDA leagues, and many more with no affiliation). THE RULES
Modern-day roller derby is real - the hits are real and the bruises are very real - and leagues that are members of the WFTDA participate in flat-track roller derby as a sport (so get out your sports bra - and make it a good one at that!).
Roller derby is a game of points (is there any game that isn’t?). Teams consist of 5 menacing players each on the track at a time (that’s 10 total for you mathletes out there): a pivot who sets the pace of the pack, a jammer who scores 1 point by passing each of the opposing team’s players, and 3 blockers who play offense and defense simultaneously, all the while looking behind themselves as they try to assist their jammer through the pack and keep the other team’s jammer from doing the same. A game is called a bout, and bouts are officiated by referees who enforce rules and safety. But don’t worry your pretty little head one bit - even with rules the action is exciting and the hits are often brutal. 

THE SUBCULTURE 
Alter Egos: Derby Names & Costume Uniforms
Remember playing dress-up as a kid? Wonder Woman? Superman? A great part of derby subculture is centered on alter egos that often come complete with costumed uniforms emphasizing a player or her team’s identity. Each roller girl gets to pick her derby name, typically something witty and often a bastardized version of the name of an already-famous person, real or imaginary.
The author of this article, Cindy Lop-her, has played for two roller derby teams, each with unique uniforms. While skating for her home team, Speed Regime, which has a “totalitarian oppressor” military theme, she has worn camo and bullet belts and used military regalia. While skating for her league’s travel team, the Charm City All Stars, uniforms are more business: sport jerseys in the league colors, various items containing the state flag, face paint, and lots and lots of gold lame and booty shorts, which brings us to…

Booty
Another big part of the derby subculture is booty, and big ones at that. After every rookie has skated for several months, she notices a change in her body and the way her clothes fit. Her waist becomes noticeably smaller, while her ass and thighs become substantially bigger. Big booty is celebrated in derby and shown off by the unique, yet wonderful clothing item known as the booty short (not just for Hooters girls or strippers anymore!).
Booty shorts are typically worn over fishnets or some other type of tights to prevent rink rash following a fall, and in many cases the booty shorts exhibit a word or phrase selected by the skater whose ass is prominently displaying directives covered by the result of the First Amendment, such as “STFU” or “FUCK OFF”.

DIY
Unlike spending Labor-day weekend remodeling your bathroom, derby is substantially more hardcore DIY. From coaching and providing training plans to running the league business to setting up and putting on bouts for the public, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is done by the skaters, referees, and volunteers of a league. Who said we couldn’t have it all (no matter how utterly labor-intensive or tiring)?

Local Art
Almost by accident, roller derby leagues have served as hubs for local artists, incorporating their works on bout posters, programs, fliers, merchandise, and team and league logos, and this art has become a large part of the culture of roller derby.
Dangle Derby
Back in the day men were not only referees but also derby skaters. Although derby these days is synonymous with fast chicks on hot skates (or is it the other way around?), a quickly-growing trend in the US right now is the upstart of male-derby leagues, often known as dangle derby. Members of dangle derby are often referees, non-skating officials, or volunteers for female derby leagues.

Original Source: Cracked.com


kittens vs. cougars mash-up

saturday was the second mash-up that i got to skate in. you can read about the first one here. i just have to say. i had so much FUN! before the bout, i felt as if i was going to puke. i always get those butterflies in my stomach and it makes me so anxious.

the week leading up to the bout, we all got cocky on facebook and were posting pictures of cougars and kittens etc... here are a few of the photos i posted trying to be funny...


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before the bout, lavalley of death told us all she would do our makeup. she gave us really neat looking cheetah print on our eyes. she was awesome! before our bout and during the special ops bout, my job was track repair. i fixed the track during the break between periods. i was starting to get super stoked on strapping on my skates and getting out there. 

 our track manager was massey graves, and our coach was my team captain, le'thal. my team, the kittens, consisted of newer skaters under thirty and the cougars consisted of newer skaters 30 and over. there were like two girls on the cougars that weren't actually thirty just yet, but they needed a fuller roster. anyways.... i really can't tell you play for play because it seemed to go SO FAST. i do remember jamming and scoring 5 points.... i do remember going to the box 3 times for elbowing... i need to work on my hip hits... and i do remember that we WON!!! 108-73! afterwards, my family and friends went to sports city, since that was the only place open close to all of us, and we chowed down and i drank two huge beers and ate some delish boneless buffalo wings-my favorite always. (thanks niena!)

and now, the photos...

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the awesome bout poster. they get better and better. that's my teammate, greta x in the green

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taste the rambo at lavalley of death's house just after she got her makeup done. looks great, no?

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my makeup. i totally dug it!

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lavalley of death (awesome makeup artist) & fastback cassidy

me and rambo had to take some cheesy facebook photos because we are cool like that....

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morgan getting excited to see some skaters in action and niena showing her support for the kittens, MEOW!

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i love morgan so much! she can always make us smile and laugh.

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my beautiful friends, elizabeth, (gigi) loreana, ashley, myself, samantha and morgan being silly

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that's my mean game face and then me, morgan and dave's silly faces...

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this was morgan's face to scare the cougars away ;)

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i love these two....

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me warming up (left) and hank e. panky announcing our fine sponsors (right)

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after they called my name for the team line-up

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kittens!

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here we go!

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from dave's seat....

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penalty box for throwing elbows!

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rambo and i coming up with a strategy...

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going in for a hit!

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end of a jam

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i was a pivot a few times...

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omg.. i am jamming!

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did i mention i got LEAD JAMMER and SCORED 5 POINTS??!

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boom, baby!

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Photo by channelinspire.com --ares fury is an excellent jammer. we were glad to have her as a kitten!

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Photo by channelinspire.com --"i'm going to get you, dolly mama!"


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Photo by channelinspire.com --great blocking by malyss heart

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Photo by channelinspire.com --probably one of my most favorite photos from the night. you're killin' it vageena hertz!

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Photo by channelinspire.com --celebrating our WIN. Final score: 108-73

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Photo by channelinspire.com --vageena and i embrace

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me, trying to look sexy and then myself and my best derby gal, diablo codeine

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besties. 'nuff said

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myself and stone cold jane austen hugging after the bout and because i gave her some awesome unicorn earrings because she loves unicorns.


my after bout dinner consisted of boneless buffalo wings with celery and 2 tall miller lights.


i really did have such a great time. it was so nice having all the support of my friends and family there with me. i wouldn't have been the same without them. i hope they had as much fun as i did! i cannot wait until i get to skate another bout. now i know why we work so hard during practice! it's so very rewarding. i feel fortunate to be a part of such an amazing league and team. i do not see an end to my passion for roller derby, ever!

on a side note, when i woke up sunday morning, i noticed that my blue numbers had smeared onto my pillow... ooops... next time, i will remember to scrub them harder in the shower... hahaha!










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